Dominguez has fractured skull

Updated: January 19, 2013, 1:02 PM ET
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The agent for jockey Ramon Dominguez says the nation's leading rider has suffered a fractured skull after being involved in a spill during the seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 18.

Agent Steve Rushing said Dominguez's wife, Sharon, told him that results of a CT scan revealed the skull fracture, Associated Press reported. Rushing said he's been told the next "24 to 48 hours can be critical.''

Dominguez spent the night under observation at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. It is unclear how long he will remain hospitalized, or when he will be able to ride again.

In a previous release issued through the New York Racing Association, Sharon Dominguez said the jockey was stable and resting, and that he had a bruised eye.

Dominguez was unseated during the running of Friday's seventh race when his mount, 4-5 favorite Convocation, appeared to clip heels with the eventual winner, Sovereign Default. Convocation, who stumbled and fell while tossing his rider to the inner dirt oval, did not appear to be seriously injured in the incident and was walked off the track. He was taken from the track by ambulance to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Dominguez has been the nation's leading rider the past two years, and is a finalist for his third Eclipse Award as the nation's leading rider. He is second in the inner track jockey standings with 31 victories to apprentice Jose Ortiz's 34 wins. Dominguez led all riders on the New York circuit in 2012 with 322 victories and led the nation in earnings with $25.6 million.